UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
The members of United Church of Huntsville, AL provide an ambulance for
Ceder, a nursing home and street ministry center in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Ceder director Dr. Francisco Amador was in Huntsville to receive the
A church member's brother-in-law alerted the UCC congregation to an
available ambulance, rotated out of regular service from North Mississippi
Medical Service due to mileage limitations, but still in good condition.
Members and retired school principal Rollan Edwards, who has volunteered
annually at Ceder for years, led a congregational effort to re-condition the
vehicle, including getting new brakes, tires, and painting "Ambulancia" and
other insignias in Spanish on its sides and back. The ambulance has been
outfitted with a gurney. From start to delivery, the project has taken five
years. The ambulance is worth about $50,000, Edwards said. It has 160,000
miles on it and should be serviceable to 500,000 miles. The ambulance can
become a mobile clinic as well as ambulance, Edwards said. Ceder has 30
patients living in the center, treats more than 100 each week as well as
feeding about 25 people a day who live on the streets.
Dr. Amador officially received the ambulance this month during a celebratory
supper at the church. Now the only hurdle ahead is to get the ambulance
back to Honduras ...
Circular Congregational Church (UCC) in Charleston, South Carolina reports
that its long-time minister, Bert Keller, retired at the end of May. Bert and his
wife Lucille are now in northern England serving several small churches.
Circular is also pleased to be able to announce that Bob MacFarlane is now
serving as its interim minister. MacFarlane was born and raised in the Boston
area. He received his B.A. from Boston University in 1 968, and his ministerial
training at Andover Newton Theological School. He has ministered to
congregations in Michigan, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. He retired in
2009 after a 10-year pastorate at First Congregational Church in Marion,
MA. In the spirit of adventure. Bob decided to offer himself as an interim
minister after receiving the appropriate training, and for the last 1 7 months,
has been in the interim minister at Scottsdale (Arizona) Congregational
United Church of Christ.
Christophe Ringer, pastor of Howard Congregational Church in Nashville, TN,
will be ordained on September 1 9, 201 0.
Our congratulations to Laurie Robins, a member of Central Congregational
UCC, Atlanta, who was certified as an Associate Clinical Pastoral Education
Supervisor in April of this year.
Linda White, serving Brookmeade Congregational UCC, Nashville, has
announced her retirement.
Stephen Cottingham begins his ministry serving First United Church, Nashville.
The next SEC Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for September 10-1 1
in Atlanta, GA.
Meet Debbie Spearman, SEC Director, Transforming Churches,
Transforming Lives Campaign
We welcome Debbie Spearman as the follow-up director for the Southeast
Conference Campaign. Debbie is an active member of Central
Congregational United Church of Christ and former moderator. Her
background makes her an ideal fit for overseeing all the exciting
opportunities that lie ahead for the Transforming Churches, Transforming
Lives Campaign and the Conference.
A New TAP Class to Begin in the Metro Atlanta Area
Have you thought about participating in TAP (Theology Among the People),
but were not sure what is required and how it works?
An overview and orientation to TAP will be held.
Thursday, September 1 6 from 7:00-9:00 p.m., Victory UCC in Stone
Mountain (1 170 North Hairston Road, Stone Mountain, GA 30083).
We will discuss this lay theological education program, a mission of the
Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ that is designed to help
participants discover their own theologies and develop ministerial skills within
the context of a supportive, intentional community of fellow learners.
You are encouraged to attend this informative meeting. The next TAP session,
"An Introduction to the History and Polity of the UCC," will begin September
30. Classes will be held at Victory Church from 7:00-9:00 p.m. for eight
consecutive Thursdays. Participants from all of our UCC churches are
Moke Plans to Attend — Widening the Welcome: Inclusion for All
A national gathering sponsored by UCC Mental Illness Network and UCC
September 23-25, St. Louis, MO, Drury Plaza Hotel
Home-grown Cultural Immersion Experience
Twelve people from throughout the Southeast Conference are preparing for
a TAP/GTE cultural immersion experience in Washington, D.C. from October
10-16. They will engage in contextual biblical study, theological reflection,
and social engagement in the heart of the American empire. Please pray with
and for them.
Moke Plans to Attend - UCC NOWCYM 2010
UCC Network of Wider Church Youth Ministries, November 29-
Annual Gathering, Orlando, FL
Make plans to gather with other UCC conferences, associations, and H.U.G.
group youth ministry staff. Network before heading off to the 2010 Youth
Worker Summit. We will share best practices and hear from the national
setting about what is needed and where we can be helpful. There will be
time for professional development and worship.
DEBBIE SPEARMAN— SEC CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR
My name is Debbie Spearman and I would like to introduce myself.
I have lived in Tucker, Georgia for 1 8 years since moving to Atlanta from
Cincinnati, Ohio. I have a 14-year-old Dachshund named Lucy.
Born and raised in Ohio, I was transferred to Atlanta because of my job with
Kroger in the early 90s. I have a Bachelor's degree in Communications from
Heidelberg University (a UCC-affiliated college) and a Master's degree in
Speech Pathology from the University of Cincinnati.
I am an active member of Central Congregational United Church of Christ
and former moderator. I am vice president of the Toco Hills Community
Alliance Board and a former Board member of the Southeast Conference of
the UCC. I volunteer monthly with the Grace Memorial Soup Kitchen, am a
driver for Open Door Prison Ministries, and am the neighborhood coordinator
for the Summerwood Subdivision in Tucker.
The exciting possibilities of what the "Transforming Churches — Transforming
Lives" Campaign can do for the Southeast Conference churches is what really
drew me to this new position as follow-up director. The leadership within the
Conference is so talented and so much can be transformed if we expand our
mission and ministry. To do this requires a well-managed fund raising
I look forward to working with all 51 churches of the Southeast Conference.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions.
LIFTING UP ...
It is with great sadness that we report the death of the Rev. Tom Shreve of
North Augusta, SC. He served the North Main Congregational Christian
Church in Roanoke, AL, and various other churches in the Carolinas, Louisiana
The Rev. Shreve was serving a church at the time of his death. Funeral
services were held, with final internment being in the family church cemetery
at Almond (Methodist) near Wadley, AL.
NEWS FROM OUR LOCAL CHURCHES
Rush Memorial Progresses in Building the Joseph Boone Memorial Hall next to
the church. The church has secured a loan from the UCC Cornerstone Fund.
Open Table, A Community of Faith in Mobile, AL, welcomed Associate
Conference Minister Kathy Clark. Kathy visited with church members and
Kathy Clark at Open Table kicked off a four-part series about the UCC
entitled, "What Matters to You Matters to Us: The Core Values of the United
Church of Christ." The church, very ably pastored by the Rev. Ellen Sims, is a
new church start of the Southeast Conference and the only UCC presence in
First Congregational UCC has been selected to be listed on the Alabama
Register of Landmarks and Heritage by the State of Alabama Historical
First Congregational UCC has been busy coordinating events with local
Talladega College and its students. The church recently participated in a
"Welcome Back to Campus" picnic and has plans to participate in the
upcoming Talladega College "Church Night."
GO FISH ... WITH A NET, NOT A HOOK
So, why should you and your congregation support the Southeast Conference
of the United Church of Christ (SECUCC) capital campaign? That was a
question for us at Central Congregational UCC in Atlanta ... It's probably for
It's about "nets" ... about casting nets. It's about being "fishers" ... not single
"hooks with bait." It's about nets among and between us.
Read John 21 :5 — and more
"Jesus called out, 'Haven't you caught anything, friends?' And when they
answered, 'No,' he said, 'Throw the net out to starboard and you'll find
something.' So they threw the net out and could not haul it in because of the
quantity of fish."
Well, we in the Southeast have been fishing in our own "ponds" with single
hooks. That may be "okay" to just feed ourselves. But we need to feed more,
to feed one another. To reach out.
We need to form "nets," connections with one another's congregation, nets for
each congregation. Nets from congregations and individuals from Tennessee
to Mississippi to Alabama to northern Florida through Georgia to South
Carolina. The SECUCC capital campaign is about creating those "nets."
Central Congregational UCC ... after "chats" open to all, consideration by
council, and unanimous vote by called meeting ... decided to "cast our net"
for a capital campaign with a tithe of $125,000 to the Southeast
There are ever so many people in your neighborhoods, communities, towns,
states who want to find our "nets," lifted up. We, too, need to help the
SECUCC weave those nets and "fish together."
Let's all be fishers together in the Southeast ... knit our nets, and follow what
God, Jesus, and Spirit showed us.
John Ritt, Moderator
Central Congregational United Church of Christ
2676 Clairmont Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30329
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record, compile and write the history of the Southeast
Conference of the United Church of Christ.